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Peter Rainer

February 17, 2003 | Movie Review
Children of the Corn

All the Real Girls purports to be a fresh indie take on the teen-romance flick, but other than some truly original cinematography, all it offers are the same old Hollywood clichés.

February 10, 2003 | Feature
Top 10 Movies of 2002

Critic Peter Rainer picks the best films of 2002.

February 10, 2003 | Movie Review
Masterpiece Theater

Filmmakers Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe followed iconoclastic director Terry Gilliam to Spain hoping to capture the making of a classic. What they got was so much better.

February 3, 2003 | Movie Review
Last Farewell

Unlike Holocaust films that dwell on the horrific spectacle, Frederick Wiseman's portrait of a doomed mother dictating final words to her son is shattering in its simplicity.

January 20, 2003 | Movie Review
Gangs of Rio

The violence in City of God, about the crime-infested slums outside Rio de Janeiro, piles on numbingly; Adolf Hitler's secretary reflects on an unexamined life.

January 13, 2003 | Movie Review
Agent Provocateur

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind takes the memoirs of Chuck Barris, the game-show guru who claims to have also been a CIA hit man, at face value.

January 6, 2003 | Movie Review
War Hero

Drawing on his own experiences during the Holocaust, Roman Polanski creates a searingly haunted tale in his restrained adaptation of The Pianist, a memoir of music and survival.

December 23, 2002 | Movie Review
Old-World Charm

In Gangs of New York, Martin Scorsese creates a nineteenth-century Gotham that is stunningly unfamiliar, but the same can't be said of his characters. Catch Me If You Can is brisk fun.

December 16, 2002 | Movie Review
Jack of Hearts

In About Schmidt, Jack Nicholson plays a smaller-than-life-size man who tries to redeem his empty existence. But the effect is more like midwestern mockery than social satire.

December 9, 2002 | Movie Review
Celluloid Heroes

'Adaptation', the new Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman collaboration, picks apart the myth that nothing good ever domes out of Hollywood these days.

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